Canadian Encyclopedia World - Deluxe Edition
COMPUTER SOFTWARE REVIEW
Title: Canadian Encyclopedia World - Deluxe Edition
Reviewer: Joan Pashley, "Owning and using this package of seven CD-ROMs
would reduce failures on those Canadian history quizzes that regularly
report a national deficit of knowledge."
A shelf full of encyclopedia books compressed into one slim disc summarizes
the 1999 Canadian Encyclopedia World Edition. Six more Canadian subject
related discs round out the "deluxe" in the deluxe edition.
This really should be looked upon as a collection of seven different programs,
with different installation instructions, and even different hardware
requirements. What ties it together is it's in-depth look at Canadian
history from unique angles, such as Canada's Visual History, Stampville,
Land of the Inuit and Flypast (the National Aviation Museum on your desk
The 1999 Canadian Encyclopedia begins this journey. It would take months to
explore it fully, but as the committee was only given weeks we focused on
the province of British Columbia. Impressively, it even listed the
municipality or North Saanich and the small city of Sidney.
The articles are coded by source (Canadian, Maclean's) with links highlighted
for quick access to related topics. A 486 had trouble with speed and the
small print however the pentium managed it easily.
Stampville explores Canadian history and development from the unique angle
of stamps. Colorful graphics and friendly formatting appealed to younger
testers. How Canadian choice of stamp subject and design has changed over
time captured our attention.
Flypast is an audio-visual tour of the National Aviation Museum. Through
it, one can research the effect that aviation has had on development in
Canada. Our senior tester (age 7) particularly enjoyed reliving a recent
visit to the Museum.
The Land of the Inuit is a thoroughly enjoyable visit to Canada's northern
reaches. This program entices one to examine its depth and contains enough
detail to satisfy an adult while appealing to even our youngest tester (aged
Although it demands a minimum Win95 and pentium processor as standard
equipment, it would be worth the upgrade to explore this excellent CD
produced by the Museum of Civilization.
The museum also produced, in cooperation with the National Film Board of
Canada, Canada's Visual History. Organized in 80 volumes, each subject
contains a series of pictures with a brief explanation of their historical
significance. These subjects had accompanying essays for those wanting more
For parents, this collection can provide at home access to quality research
materials. It has been used for home schooling but could also be used to
supplement regular assignments even at the grade school level, for parents
willing to provide some guidance.
In summary, the 1999 Canadian Encyclopedia Deluxe provides an in depth look
at Canadian history from a variety of interesting points of view. Owning
and using this package of seven CD-ROMs would reduce failures on those
Canadian history quizzes that regularly report a national deficit of
Better yet, people would have fun doing it!
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